imported fire ant

noun

Definition of imported fire ant

: either of two mound-building South American fire ants (Solenopsis richteri and S. invicta) introduced into the southeastern U.S. that are agricultural pests and can produce stings requiring medical attention

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circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of imported fire ant was circa 1949

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“Imported fire ant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imported%20fire%20ant. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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imported fire ant

noun
im·​port·​ed fire ant | \ im-ˈpȯrt-əd-ˈfī(ə)r-ˌant How to pronounce imported fire ant (audio) \

Medical Definition of imported fire ant

: either of two mound-building South American fire ants of the genus Solenopsis (S. invicta and S. richteri) that have been introduced into the southeastern United States, are agricultural pests, and can inflict stings requiring medical attention

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